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Catalog Number 2005.74.37.135
Object Name Orders, Military
Accession number 2005.74
Description General orders No. 38-A from General John J. Pershing to the soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces to thank them for their service.

Transcription: G. H. Q. / AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES, / General Orders / No. 38-A / France, February 28, 1919.
MY FELLOW SOLDIERS:
Now that your service with the American Expeditionary Forces is about to terminate, I cannot let you go without a personal word. At the call to arms, the patriotic young manhood of America eagerly responded and became the formidable army whose decisive victories testify to its efficiency and its valor. With the support of the nation firmly united to defend to cause of liberty, our army has executed the will of the people with resolute purpose. Our democracy has been tested, and the forces of autocracy have been defeated. To the glory of the citizen-soldier, our troops have faithfully fulfilled their trust, and in a succession of brilliant offensives have overcome the menace to our civilization.
As an individual, your part in the world war has been an important one to the sum total of our achievements. Whether keeping lonely vigil in the trenches, or gallantly storming the enemy's stronghold; whether enduring monotonous drudgery at the rear, or sustaining the fighting line at the front, each has bravely and efficiently played his part. By willing sacrifice of personal rights; by cheerful endurance of hardship and privation; by vigor, strength and indomitable will, made effective by thorough organization and cordial co-operation, you inspired the war-worn Allies with new life and turned the tide of threatened defeat into overwhelming victory.
With a consecrated devotion to duty and a will to conquer, you have loyally served your country. By your exemplary conduct a standard has been established and maintained never before attained to any army. With mind and body as clean and strong as the decisive blows you delivered against the foe, you are soon to return to the pursuits of peace. In leaving the scenes of your victories, may I ask that you carry home your high ideals and continue to live as you have served--an honor to the principles for which you have fought and to the fallen comrades you leave behind.
If is with pride in our success that I extend to you my sincere thanks for your splendid service to the army and to the nation.
Faithfully,
John J. Pershing (copied signature)
Commander in Chief.
Official: / Robert C. Davis, / Adjutant General.
Copy furnished to MORSE S. WILLIS / Sergeant, Hq.Detch.35th Div. / R.M. Whaley [signature] / Capt. Inf. Commanding.

26.5 x 20.5 cm.

Image is from photo album 2005.74.37.

From the service of Sgt. Sidney Morse Willis, Service No. 1446764, Headquarters Company, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date February 28, 1919
People Pershing, General John
Willis, Sidney Morse
Subjects World War I
General orders
Military leadership
Search Terms American Expeditionary Forces
Title Order No. 38-A from General Pershing